United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) filed suit against the operators of United Pot Smokers, UPS420.com, and UPS.green. Their complaint, filed in California’s Central District Court, includes claims of “federal trademark infringement, federal false designation of origin, federal trademark dilution, state trademark infringement, state trademark dilution, state unfair competition, state unfair business practices, state false advertising,…

This week, Neil Juneja starred in the Holistic Entrepreneur Podcast with Bonnie Groessl. During the conversation, they discussed trademark infringement, intellectual property law, and business branding, as well as how to make your mark in a particular field. Neil gave some great advice on getting a foothold in the cannabis industry: pick your expertise and…

Neil Juneja featured on Cannabis Industry Podcast Last week, School for Startups Radio interviewed Neil Juneja about his experience in the legal cannabis industry. In the episode, Neil talks about the difference between recreational and medical cannabis, and what the implications are for the medical industry in states  that legalize medical and recreational marijuana. He…

Cannabis Trademark Infringement Series: Contributory Infringement Written by Neil Juneja, Founder & Managing Partner of Gleam Law, PLLC.  In the previous installment of the Cannabis Trademark Infringement Series, we discussed what it looks like when a large company comes after a cannabis manufacturer for trademark infringement. This week’s post has a slightly different flavor. In…

Beware of Unofficial Trademark Solicitations You will never be contacted by the Patent and Trademark Office regarding your trademark, but you will receive lots of scam and spam mail. Trademark registrations are open public records that can be accessed by anyone through www.USPTO.gov. Because they include such detailed information, registration owners are an easy target for…

Understanding trademarks is key to avoid rebranding The announcement of a settlement between the Gorilla Glue Co. and GG Strains is creating a stir on the trademark side of cannabis law.

What’s in a Name: Protecting your company’s brand Every business needs a name. In fact, most businesses have several. The legal name often lurks in the background and most consumers never see it, while trademarks, trade names, and domain names are generally the most visible and important client-facing identifiers. Knowing the differences between them will…

Gleam Law Opens New Marijuana Law Offices in San Francisco & Los Angeles Written by Ammon J. Ford, Attorney at Gleam Law, PLLC.  Gleam Law is excited to announce the opening of two new offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Christopher Sabec, an experienced business attorney and Executive, will lead these offices. California has…

A Trademark Is A Word, Logo, Sound, Packaging, or Other Identifier of The Source of a Good or Service Why Register a Trademark? It is the trademark that allows a customer to find your product continually and to expect the same level of quality each and [hopefully] every time. A company’s reputation, goodwill, and customer…

Starbucks Wins Big in Trademark Infringement Case Starbucks Delivers Wake Up Call Over Dabuccino – Seattle-based Starbucks Corporation recently won a $500,000 default judgment against James Landgraf,  an Oregonian artist, for trademark infringement, dilution, and tarnishment. Landgraf created a line of bongs labeled “Dabuccino” that very closely resembled the plastic cups Starbucks uses to serve millions…